PART I: Case Studies Design and Synthesis
PART II: Methods of Knowledge Integration
PART III: The Methods in Detail
PART IV Validation Perspectives
R.W. and O. Tietje, Embedded Case Study Methods: Integrating Quantitative
And Qualitative Knowledge. 2002,
Authors: Roland W. Scholz ( ETH-UNS) and Olaf Tietje (Now: SystAim)
Published By: Sage Publications, Inc.
“The authors have developed an important methodology to integrate complex cases. Their approach combines the best of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to create new insights that would not be available to researchers using more conventional approaches.”
MAX H. BAZERMAN, Jesse Isador Straus Professor of Business Administration,
"If you were part of a study team trying to figure out what to do in a complicated (i.e., multi-party, multi-issue, technically complex) situation, you would want to rush out and get a copy of Embedded Case Study Methods by Roland Scholz and Olaf Tietje. Using their own Zurich North case study to explain the proper use of case study methods, they demonstrate how eleven different techniques – including integrated risk assessment, multi-attribute utility theory, scenario analysis, future workshops, and a kind of mediation called Area Development Negotiation – ought to be used to develop collaborative solutions. Along the way, they destroy conventional distinctions between quantitative and qualitative methods and offer (finally!) an integrated approach that applies equally well to problem framing, option generation, and the management of stakeholder encounters. Most of the relevant literature (from more than a dozen disciplines) is reviewed in detail. What more could a study team member want?"
LAWRENCE SUSSKIND, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-author of the award-winning Consensus Building Handbook (Sage, 1999).
Eleven Methods of knowledge integration are presented, which can be used for case representation, case evaluation, and case development and transition. The authors share their broad knowledge of the philosophy of science to explain the rationale behind each step of embedded case designs, and recap each explanation with concept summaries called “lessons to be learned.” In addition, they include a variety of boxes that offer practical assistance for doing the statistical and qualitative analysis.
“Do we need another book on case studies? After reading the book Embedded Case Study Methods by Roland Scholz and Olaf Tietje even genuine sceptics will be convinced that the answer is a resounding yes!
book is wide ranging in its interdisciplinary approaches and yet focused,
rich in background and context, theoretically sound and yet highly practice-
oriented. No wonder: the eleven case methodologies presented in the book are
rigorously field-tested and validated by the authors and their staff and
students at ETH
J.M. SCHOOT UITERKAMP, Professor of environmental sciences and chairman of
the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies IVEM at the
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